A loan of $7,500 helped a member to buy sacks of sugar, boxes of batteries, oil, cartons of soap, tinned milk, and Primus and Heineken (two kinds of beer), etc..


Usikilivu A Group's story

Hekima client Mangaribi has been a hard-working merchant for twenty years and is a member of a loan group called «Usikilivu A». Aged 40, she is married and the mother of eight children who all attend school. She sells various items in her general store and offers a range of drinks. Her business is located in a shop in a market on the outskirts (of town).

Mangaribi is asking for a loan from Hekima to grow her business. She is going to buy sacks of sugar, boxes of batteries, oil, cartons of soap, tinned milk, Primus and Heineken (beers), etc. Her husband is also a small-scale merchant. In the beginning, she got some money from her husband (to start up her business). She hopes to grow her working capital, keep her kids in school, and insure that they have healthcare. Mangaribi thanks Hekima for its efforts to help women entrepreneurs who are excluded from the commercial banking system by lending to them without collateral.

In this group: Mangaribi, Katswiri, Kampire, Tabazi
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Teresa Kramer



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